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Jul 02, 2013 (8:16 pm)
hard core enthusiast anyone
No one buying a $200K car is average.... but, they still care about stick-shifts..
60 yr old investment bankers are buying 911 Turbos with Tiptronics... (imo)
GT-3 buyers are more likely to track their cars... and, they care about stick-shifts... I think it's short-sighted to not offer it..
#9959 of 10048 Re: Once ya learn ta drive a stick... [iluvmysephia1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 05, 2013 (6:16 am)
Found you a bug, Iluv:
Jul 05, 2013 (8:00 pm)
nice find. I and Mrsiluvmysephia1 are disagreeing on the need (or strong "want") for a 1967 VW Bug. As I forewarned earlier. So it's probably not going ta happen and it just turns in to another one of my 2007 Suzuki SX-4 freak outs of automobile desire, and something that never comes to be. Unless?
#9961 of 10048 preferring automatic transmission for the track
Jul 06, 2013 (5:02 am)
last time i drove on a track i found i strongly preferred the automatic transmission. keeping both hands on the wheel is critical, and outweighs any benefit/enjoyment manually shifting on a track.
holding wheel with one hand, shifting manually, forces me to drive slower, else one wrong twitch of the wheel and the caddy CTS-V would be augered into a barrier or sideways off the roadcourse track.
so i understand the porsche GT3 designer dude's choice to make it automatic only.
For a street car, i prefer a manual... But on the track, anywhere near "the limit", the GM automatic transmission was *perfect*. The automatic never did anything i didn't want, never did anything to upset the balance. Turns out i barely got to 75% of the limit of what the CTS-V could do - the pro driver demonstrated 100% very nicely during a "hot lap".
Aug 06, 2013 (6:33 pm)
How many more ways will they find to "improve" the manual transmission? Throttle-by-wire usually sucks, electric steering ALWAYS sucks, now they are planning on introducing clutch-by-wire:
Robert Bosch's eClutch system could help put manual transmissions back on car buyers' shopping lists.
The eClutch eliminates two things drivers dislike most about cars with stick shifts: stalling and frequent use of the clutch pedal in stop-and-go traffic.
The eClutch can also improve fuel economy between 5 and 10 percent, Bosch engineers say.
During a recent press event here, reporters test drove an Audi A3 hatchback that Bosch had fitted with an eClutch. The car uses a standard clutch pedal and shifter and looks like any other vehicle with a manual transmission.
http://www.autonews.com/article/20130806/OEM06/308079999/bosch-clutch-by-wire-pr- - events-stalling-boosts-mpg?cciid=email-autonews-mbs&r=7000G0458689C5Q#axzz2bA5Hw- - 2oN
If the clutch is an endangered species, I will take mine manually operated and connected to the clutch plate by a hydraulic connection until the third pedal is well and truly deceased.
#9964 of 10048 Re: Egads [nippononly]
Aug 06, 2013 (6:54 pm)
honestly not sure how I feel about this, but I would love to try it. It almost sounds like a DSG with no auto mode, and the "pretend" clutch pedal some people have joked about.
actually, sounds like a modern interpretation of the old VW semi-automatic set up.
also sounds like something that could be useful in a semi?
Aug 07, 2013 (8:03 am)
I'm not sure either. I think it would drive me nuts because I'd be in two worlds at the same time, not knowing how to act.
#9966 of 10048 Re: Egads [stickguy]
Aug 07, 2013 (9:27 am)
It almost sounds like a DSG with no auto mode, and the "pretend" clutch pedal some people have joked about.
That sounds like exactly what it is. But, if it has no automatic shifting, then it is still a manual; it's just a different interpretation of it. I'll pass... for now!
#9967 of 10048 Re: Egads [xwesx]
Aug 07, 2013 (9:31 am)
just a fancy automated clutch. VW/Porsche and many others have done that in the past.